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USAF grounds CV-22B Osprey fleet

On August 16, the Commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, Lt Gen Jim Slife directed a safety stand down of all 52 CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft in the fleet

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The A-10 was designed to fight Russia, so why aren’t there any in Europe?

A myriad of US aircraft have been sent to Europe since Russia began its large-scale invasion of Ukraine, but the venerable A-10 Thunderbolt II has so far only played a minor role. Dino Carrara considers the political and technical factors at play, and explains why in his opinion, the ‘Warthog’ would be a valuable asset in the European theatre 

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Global air arms converge on Australia for Exercise Pitch Black

Throughout mid-August, combat aircraft and associated support assets from a host of global air arms have deployed to Australia in preparation for Exercise Pitch Black – a large-scale force employment exercise hosted biennially by the RAAF, which returns after a four-year hiatus

USAF deploys four B-52s to the UK

Four USAF B-52H Stratofortress bombers from the 5th Bomb Wing (BW) at Minot Air Force Base (AFB), North Dakota, arrived at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK, on August 18

Lockheed Martin to build 129 F-35s under mega $7.6bn contract

US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin for the procurement of 129 Lot 15 F-35 Lightning IIs

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Historic

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How a Stearman landed on top of a Cessna at Dunkeswell

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has published its final report into an incident at Dunkeswell Aerodrome last year which saw a Boeing Stearman land on top of a Cessna 182.

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What it’s like flying the HS.125

The July 16, 1964 issue of ‘The Aeroplane and Commercial Aviation News’ featured a flight test of the HS 125 by John Fricker

Canberra edges nearer to flight in California

Significant progress has been made in Canberra USA’s bid to return English Electric Canberra B.6 XH567 to the skies.

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Commercial

QUIZ: The World's longest flights!

We're literally in it for the long-haul this week as we put your knowledge of the world's longest routes to the test. From Australia and New Zealand to the USA and Middle East - we're criss-crossing the globe with this selection of sky-high questions.

Wizz Air reveals TWENTY new routes to this Middle Eastern country

Europe’s fastest growing airline has announced enormous expansion plans in the Middle East. We reveal which country is getting 20 new scheduled links, plus frequencies, start dates and much more.

Which airline was the first to use Dublin’s new runway?

Dublin Airport has received a major boost after officially opening its north runway. Find out more about this major infrastructure project on Key Aero!

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Flight Simulation

South America Mesh Incoming

Orbx has announced its next mesh product for Microsoft Flight Simulator will cover the continent of South America.

Mitsubishi MU-2 v2 Takes Flight in X-Plane

TOGA Simulations has announced the Mitsubishi MU-2 Marquise v2 for X-Plane 11 is out now.

Tenerife North and South Airports Released

MK-Studios has released the Tenerife Airports pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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